Security Blunders That Toppled Giants

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 29 December 2011, 14:19 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: With the damage wrecked by Anonymous’ latest attack on Stratfor looming into focus, the hacktivist group now has quite a list of companies whose websites it has defaced, most of which, are notable security firms.

HB Gary and HB Gary Federal profile themselves as computer security experts in both dimensions of software (providing malware, virus, worm and Trojan detection tools to name a few) as well as service providers (extending services in the fields of intrusion detection systems, vulnerability assessment systems and software and such). Agencies such as the NSA and Interpol were in regular contact with the firm for its products or services and when both HB Gary and its federal counterpart were victimized by Anonymous’ attack in February, it made news.

The firms had aimed to uncover the operative personnel behind the hacker collective, but failed only because Anonymous gained foothold via a simple flaw that could have been repaired easily—the bug in their Content Management System that was issued by a third-party.

Anonymous gained access to 40,000 of HB Gary Federal’s corporate emails, and another 27,000 emails from its sister company and posted them online along with the personal details, emails, and social profiles of Aaron Barr, HB Gary’s CEO on Pirate Bay.

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